Thursday, September 1, 2016

Harsh Sun



'Harsh Sun'
Watercolor on Arches CP 300 gsm Paper
14 x 21 inches

Apart from the lovely play of light and shadows, what moved me to paint this subject was the muse -the old woman sitting on the street protecting herself from the harsh sun while selling her items. The sun here is a metaphor for the harsh difficulties she faced in her life. She was forced to earn bread for her family at an age when she should be enjoying her last few years with her children and grand children or it may also be that she had no one now who would care for her.

Anyway, life is difficult for her and I have tried to depict this harsh reality in my painting.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Standing Tall Through Time



'Standing Tall Through Time'
Watercolor on Arches Rough 300 gsm paper
21 x 14 inches

This is a scene from Ahmedabad. The city still has such old and beautiful buildings which have managed to stand through the passage of time although sadly they are being brought down to make way for the new modern buildings. Some groups organize heritage walks in the old parts of the city which is an absolute delight for photographers and artists alike.
I found these neighborhoods and lanes so quiet and peaceful, a different world altogether, away from those bustling, crowded and chaotic arterial roads with their noise and pollution!

Also, this painting has been accepted for the '1st international watercolor biennial' organized by the International Watercolor Society, Thailand which will be held in Bangkok from 1st till 16th Oct. 2016. I'm participating as one of the Showcased artists in the biennial. I feel honored and very thankful to the organizers.



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Evening Coffee



'Evening Coffee'
Watercolor on Fabriano paper 300 gsm CP
14 x 10 inches

This painting is one of my most favorites...a small piece, I'm very happy about and much fond of. You don't feel that way with all your paintings (until, of course, you sell them...lol)
Also this one has been chosen for the upcoming International watercolor exhibition in Budapest, Hungary from 9 - 25 Sep. 2016 organized by the IWS Hungary...yet another reason to be happy :-) I thank the jury and the organizers for the opportunity.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Spotlight # 2



Watercolor on handmade paper,
10 x 14 inches

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Traffic near Mayo Hall


Watercolor on Arches CP Paper,
14 x 21 inches

This is one of the important landmark buildings in Bengaluru - the Mayo Hall. I did this from my reference photograph that I took when I lived there for a couple of years. The building was painted in white then. Recently it was changed to red, which might look good to people, but to us painters, particularly watercolorists, it might not be so because the red sometimes feels chalky/opaque and may get muddy thereby losing the essence of watercolors- transparency and vibrancy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My selection in MINI CASTRA 2016


2 of my small watercolors have been accepted into the Mini Castra 2016 exhibition in Slovenia, Europe. Very thankful to the jury and the organizers of the exhibition.


'Catching the sun'
Watercolor on Fabriano paper,
7 x 10 inches




'Flower Market'
Watercolor on Fabriano paper,
7 x 10 inches

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Group Show Invite


You are cordially invited for my upcoming group show 'PANCHA TATVA' at Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore from 5 - 9 Feb. 2016.
Please check the invite for more details.
Have a great day!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Certificate of excellence Award



Very happy to know that my painting 'The last light, Varanasi' has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in the Palm Art Award 2015 contest in Germany! I thank the jury wholeheartedly.
And so I'm ending 2015 on a happy note. This year has been good for me and I hope the new year to be even better.
Let's welcome the New year with optimism and hope...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

My selection in the Shenzhen Watercolor Biennial 2015



'Varanasi Nocturne'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper,
14 x 21 inches

Extremely delighted and honored to have my painting – ‘Varanasi Nocturne’ included in the Shenzhen International Watercolor Biennial 2015, one of the most prestigious watercolor exhibitions in the world, to be held in December in Shenzhen, China. The other selected artists are some very big names in the watercolor world today and I'm super excited to share the wall with them!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

View at dusk, Varanasi



'View at dusk, Varanasi'
Watercolor on Saunders Paper,
14 x 21 inches

I remember a quote by the famous pastel artist Harley Brown that in a painting, the center of interest needn't be big. On the contrary, a small center of interest when placed appropriately, becomes more powerful. This is well proved in this painting. The center of interest here is the bright illuminated part of the shoreline, which comparatively, is a small portion in the painting . This painting also serves as an example of dominant color scheme, which is blue here. The monotony of this blue space is broken by the introduction of complementary colors yellow-orange, thereby creating a contrast and drama in the painting.
Hope you enjoy it!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Rest



'Rest'
Watercolor on Arches Paper,
14 x 21 inches

This was inspired by the lovely shadows of the bicycle and the beautiful textures on the wall.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Morning Coffee



'Morning Coffee'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper,
14 x 21 inches

Friday, July 10, 2015

Glowing Awnings



'Glowing Awnings'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper,
21 x 14 inches

Monday, June 15, 2015

The 2015-2016 China/NWS Small Image Exchange Exhibition




Very happy to announce that my painting 'Udaipur Lane' has been accepted into the 2015-2016 China/NWS Small Image Exchange Exhibition.
The painting will first show in China in 2015 then in San Pedro, CA, USA in 2016.


'Udaipur Lane'
Watercolor on Fabriano Paper,
10 x 7 inches

Friday, May 29, 2015

My entries for CASTRA Biennial 2015


Happy to share the news that the following 2 paintings of mine have made it to the second round of judging in ‘Castra Biennial 2015’ which will take place in Slovenia from 29th August to 30th September.

'Towards a New Hope'
Watercolor on Paper,
21 x 14 inches


'Jodhpur Street'
Watercolor on Paper,
14 x 21 inches


Monday, May 25, 2015

Towards Howrah Bridge



'Towards Howrah Bridge'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper,
14 x 21 inches
PRIVATE COLLECTION


A preliminary small black & white watercolor study (5 x 7 in.)


Sunday, May 17, 2015

From planning to execution

Today I’m posting 2 recent paintings from my varanasi series, showing how I plan and execute my paintings
Both have been painted from my reference photographs. In the case of 'Morning Ferry' there was a certain portion in the reference photograph in which I was interested. So in order to check the composition, I did a thumbnail sketch. I normally follow this procedure, if I'm interested in just a portion of the photograph.


 And once I like it, I do another sketch, this time, little bigger and in color. These studies give me an idea how the final paintings would look. Some changes can still be made if need be, at this stage.


Doing these small color sketches is much more fun than the final painting :-)

Here are the final paintings -


'Morning Ferry, Varanasi'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford paper,
10 x 14 inches




'Varanasi Hues'
Watercolor on Saunders Waterford Paper,
10 x 14 inches

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Flight


'Flight'
Watercolor on Fabriano Paper
10 x 14 inches

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Selected for World Watercolor Triennial 2015


Very happy to share the news that 2 of my works 'A new morning' and 'Lanes of Varanasi' have been included in the 2015 World Watercolor Triennial in Seoul, South Korea. Honored to be part of such an event.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jodhpur Tangas - revisited


I did this painting way back in 2010. The subject was very good, interesting forms, shapes, nice light and shadows and of course, the colors. So I painted it. The result, however, was not as good as I had expected. Something was not correct.  I just kept it with my not so good paintings ( Yes, there are quite a few! )
Now, after more than 4 years while I was trying to organize my paintings, sorting them as which ones to keep and the ones to throw away (I did throw away some), I took out this particular painting and immediately knew why it hadn’t worked. The problem – ‘Values’. (Over time, the experience you gain really helps)The tonal values just needed to be darkened a little so I mixed a wash to glaze over the lighter areas and voila…it worked! I started liking it :)
Do you like it? It’ll be good to know.

Cheers

Before


After
'Jodhpur Tangas'
Watercolor on handmade paper
11 x 15 inches

Monday, March 16, 2015

A Quiet Moment Together



'A quiet moment together'
Watercolor on Fabriano paper,
7 x 10 inches

A small watercolor of one of my most preferred locations in Bangalore - the Lalbagh botanical garden.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Plein air painting at lalbagh


Lalbagh botanical garden in Bengaluru is my most preferred spot for plein air painting, mainly because its full of trees and foliage and that is one area which I need to learn to simplify in my plein air paintings and not get bogged down by trying to paint the details. So when I saw this huge tree, my main focus was the lovely light on it and its shadows on the ground. The leaves and foliage on the tree and the background were painted minimally so as to avoid unwanted distractions. What's more, while I was painting this, 3 girls just came and sat under its shade for a chit chat, which made the subject more interesting. So rather naming this painting as 'the big tree at lalbagh', I titled it as '3 friends'.
After completing the painting, I decided to do one more before heading back home. Wanted to do a different subject from the first one, so selected this red building at the garden. This was not as interesting as the first one, yet I carried on. It could have been better though!
Hope you enjoy them.

'3 friends'
Watercolor on fabriano paper,
10 x 14 inches



'Red building at lalbagh'
Watercolor on fabriano paper,
10 x 14 inches


Friday, March 6, 2015

Honorable Mention Award



Very pleased to know that my painting – ‘Standing the test of time’ has been awarded an honourable mention in Time and seasons competition by Exhibeo art magazine, followed by a wonderful review of my art by Jonathan Raddatz, art critic and chief editor of Exhibeo Art Magazine.

Click on the link for the review.
Thanks and Happy painting! :-)

http://www.artexhibeo.com/the-very-rich-hours-of-ramesh-jhawar/


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy new year 2015

As the New Year dawns, I hope it is filled with the promises of a brighter tomorrow. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

'A New Morning'
Watercolor on Saunders paper, 
14 x 21inches

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thinking Over Coffee

'Thinking Over Coffee'
Soft pastels on Tinted paper,
15 x 20 inches

My painting 'Thinking over coffee' has been selected for exhibition in Camel Art Foundation's All India Annual Art Exhibition 2014 which opens on Jan 5th, 2015 at Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai. My gratitude to the organizers and the jury.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

My Trip To China

Just back from Qingdao, China, where I was invited to attend the opening of the China International Watercolor Biennial Exhibition 2014.
It was an excellent trip and my very first trip abroad. The exhibition was very well organized with so many fantastic and inspiring selection of works. Got an opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful artists from different countries and exchange our thoughts on watercolor.
 



 


  
 
 

Friday, December 5, 2014

My participation in China Qingdao International Watercolor Biennial 2014






I feel honored to have 4 of my works included in the China Qingdao International Watercolour Biennial 2014. This event is organized by China Ministry of Culture Art Department, China Ministry of Culture Bureau for External Cultural Relations and Qingdao Municipal People’s Government and co-organized by Chinese Artists Association Watercolour Art Committee.
The exhibition will be held at the Qingdao Art Museum from Dec. 12th ,2014 till Feb 28th, 2015. I’m also very grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony personally. Looking forward to meeting some wonderful watercolour artists from around the world!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Sunday Plein air painting


Sunday at Lalbagh,
Watercolor, 10 x 14 inches

Whenever possible, I go out on Sundays to paint outdoors (en plein air). Painted this one yesterday at Lalbagh Botanical Garden.
The below ones were painted from my earlier tip to the same place...


A photo of me painting on location, courtesy one of my friends from our outdoor group




Monday, November 24, 2014

Meeting 'Goldfinch'



Meeting an online friend of many years in person for the first time is always exciting! It was not any less…in fact much more, when I met Richard Rudkin, my blogger friend, a few days ago in Bangalore. Richard is from Darlington, UK and I know him from his blog since 2009. His blog is named –Indian Influences and he himself goes by the name Goldfinch on blogosphere (I forgot to ask why he chose that name…lol) Incidentally, Richard and his sister were raised in India as their father worked for the Hooghly ink company in Chennai and later Kolkata until the 70s and so he has fond memories of his childhood here which explains his interest in India.
Currently, he is on a travel trip to Southern India with his sister with a very packed schedule in his itinerary… I must say! :-) But he somehow squeezed a little time to meet me and was kind enough to buy a few paintings as well.

Here’s the link to his blog
http://indian-influences.blogspot.in/